Women in IT

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Facts and figures on the IT & Telecoms gender gap

Gender remains a significant and worsening issue in IT & Telecoms professional occupations. Enrolments in technology-intensive courses continue to decline, and women in particular remain unconvinced about a career in IT. e-skills UK offers initiatives to encourage girls into IT, as well as in-depth research exploring the gender imbalance.

Why you need to know more about the gender imbalance in IT

  • The percentage of women employed as IT & Telecoms professionals has declined from 22% in 2001 to just 18% in 2010. 
  • By comparison just under half (47%) of people working in the UK during the second quarter of 2010 were female. 
  • Gender imbalance is prevalent across IT related courses, and this is worsening over time throughout the education system. 15% of acceptances to Computing degree courses are female and the proportion of females taking Computing A-level remains low at 9%. 
  • As female representation within the IT & Telecoms professions has declined, so too has their presence within the IT & Telecoms industry, and while 27% of those working within IT & Telecoms firms in 2001 were female, this figure has fallen to 25% by the second quarter of this year. 
  • Full time male IT & Telecoms professionals earn 13% more than their female equivalents
  • However, the gender pay gap is less pronounced than that within the workforce as a whole, where at £530 per week, the median weekly male income is 23% higher than that of female workers. 

See our research on Women and IT

Read more in our Technology Insights 2012 reports.

Find out about some of the issues behind gender inequality in IT in the e-skills UK Women in IT Scorecard report PDF 1MB

See our Research Notes report Women in the IT & Telecoms Workforce PDF 534KB

See how e-skills UK is encouraging girls into IT

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